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Time Team. Rise Hill, Cumbria.

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This was a very interesting programme, as it was 'recent' history.
It gave an account of a community that was set up to dig a railway tunnel in Cumbria from 1869-1875, for the Midland Railway Co.
It also gave an account of one enterprising family who took in 14 lodgers, in a stone built 3 roomed cottage.
I also found out the meaning of 'Tramp' as in traveller. "One who tramps(walks) between jobs, with no fixed abode. And not as I thought, a social 'dropout'.:rolleyes:
Interesting.

http://www.channel4.com/history/microsites/T/timeteam/2009/risehill/index.html

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Very interesting. I cannot begin to imagine how hard it must have been for those toiling away building that tunnel. They must have only had candles or oil lamps for lighting and working in those dark and dirty and no doubt sweaty conditions.

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Very interesting. I cannot begin to imagine how hard it must have been for those toiling away building that tunnel. They must have only had candles or oil lamps for lighting and working in those dark and dirty and no doubt sweaty conditions.

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As well as tunneling from both ends, they also sunk two shafts down and tunnelled left and right from each shaft. So they were essentially digging 6 tunnels at the same time.
I was also wondering, how they would have shown up on the 1871 census. Any thoughts on that. There must have been a couple of hundred people working on it. The population of a small village. It could also reveal some 'lost' relatives for someone.
I suppose the same could be said for a lot of these civil engineering jobs all around Britain.

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Also for years the regular miners and diggers probably kept on wondering when they were being lowered down the mine shaft "Are we going to come out alive".

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This was a very interesting programme, as it was 'recent' history.
It gave an account of a community that was set up to dig a railway tunnel in Cumbria from 1869-1875, for the Midland Railway Co.
It also gave an account of one enterprising family who took in 14 lodgers, in a stone built 3 roomed cottage.
I also found out the meaning of 'Tramp' as in traveller. "One who tramps(walks) between jobs, with no fixed abode. And not as I thought, a social 'dropout'.:rolleyes:
Interesting.

http://www.channel4.com/history/microsites/T/timeteam/2009/risehill/index.html

Steve.:)
very interesting article, of course i love history. and of course maybe a relie or two of mine may have done such. "tramp" makes sense, we call the others hobo's. the hobo was the social dropout. when i was a kid i saw a man sewing his coat on as it was to ragged to button. about the tunnels and railroad, imagine them being smart enough to figure all that out. :)
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this brings up one of my favorite subjects, "were the 'cave people' really as dumb as they are protrayed? Neanderthal Man? he may be the monkeys ancestor but he's not mine. if cave people were that dumb how did we ever "evolve" to what we are today? the cave people were some of those descendants of Adam and Eve after they were "escorted" out of the Garden. and the very thought of "evolution" is laughable when you look at how complicated the human body is as well as the whole world and the way things grow.
just airing a old gripe.
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